Sep 30 2015

TGI Wedding Series: Ways to Thank Your Shower Hostesses

Wedding showers are FUN.  You are surrounded by ladies who love you and get showered with beautiful gifts.  One of the tougher parts of wedding showers is figuring out what to give all of your shower hostess’ to thank them.

FIRST SHOWER:  I gave a gift set- cute patterened buckets to hold all the goodies in, a beveled mirror, a mini clipboard notepad that I stamped “Thank You” on the first page w/ a rubber stamp and a Graphic Image Leather Luggage tag w/ each of their initials.




SECOND SHOWER:  I decided to just do one larger gift and  I gave each lady a leather personalized Graphic Image Passport Cover. I chose a few different covers and tried to pick a color for each lady that I thought suited them. I used the same rubber stamp as I did on the first gift to add a heart gift tag to each gift and wrapped in this beautiful, beautiful paper from TARGET.







Sep 30 2015

Gift We Heart: Jewerly Made from your Soundwaves

We’ve written about this company’s prints & canvases in the past, but we’re super into their new jewelry line, especially for the ladies. Can’t get more unique and personalized than this!

Soundwave Art Pendant
Soundwave Art™ Pendants are engraved with your voice pattern or the pattern of any sound.  Example  – you can engrave your wedding vows or a loveable nickname subtly onto a pendant by using the pattern of your soundwaves instead of the actual words.  You can also include an inscription on the back of the pendant. This heart style is perfect for the girly girl, or check out their “bar necklace” style design for a little edgier look.

The company has created specially designed software that allows you to record directly on the website or you can even upload your own audio file or video.
Prices start at $149.99
Find ‘em at Soundwave Art

Sep 28 2015

Gift Guide: Fitness Gifts for Your Favorite Gym Bunnies & Yogis

1. Wellograph Wellness Watch 
Wellograph is the first sapphire crystal wellness watch. It is super intelligent & provides above & beyond info about the wearer’s activity, including: Stress/readiness detection, Fitness percentile/age, Heart rate/real-time pulse & of course Activity, steps & Sleep tracking.  Uses high performance sensors & is waterproof up to 50 meters, (unlike other fitness watches). Supporting all major platforms (Android, iOS, Windows Phone). Face comes in satin, black or a pretty white pearl. $299 w/strap.
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2. Workout Wear Kits by Outdoor Voices
Outdoor voices makes hip apparel for recreation & not only must it perform, but also look & feel good. Love the idea of grouping all the faves into a “kit”. Charcoal Kit: contains all the essentials: a pair of Running Woman Sweats, a pair of Warmup Leggings, Cross-Back bra, and a Catch-Me-If-You-Can hoodie, all nestled in a custom ‘Doing Things’ tote. A retail value of over $400 now $300
Available at
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3. Jabra Sport Plus Wireless Earbuds 
Let your headphones do a little more work for you, like measure your heart rate or offer real-time voice-coaching.  Add in their wireless aspect and the Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds are the perfect gift for your favorite sports lover.  The Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless is an all-in-one training solution that combines immersive Dolby® sound & real-time voice coaching, to inspire you to achieve your fitness goals. In-ear heart rate monitor has 99.2% accuracy. Comfy, earbuds connected behind ears in back of head. $199.99
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4. Inspirational Sticky Socks
Tired of slipping around in plain black socks & leg warmers to barre, pilates and yoga classes? Sticky Be Socks decided to add some color & inspiration to functional socks. They have that little grip on the bottom in sweetly simple inspirational quotes. Grip revents you from falling & also great for walking/lounging around the house on slippery floors. Sticky be sock 6-pack, $49.50 & see .
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5. Beat Water Bottle 

Beat Bottle, Perfect for the gym, beach, or travel, a slot for your iPhone 4 or 5 amplifies songs through the bottom of the bottle as you sip your sports drink or hydrate after a long, musical run. There’s no excuses not to get moving’ or hydrate once you have one of these. $20
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Sep 21 2015

Gift We Heart: Grow Your Own Fruits + Veggies // The Tower Garden


Grow fruits & vegetables on this super easy 5′ Tower Garden-a vertical aeroponic growing system that allows you to grow up to 20 plants. Seedlings go in the tower & are then nourished by Mineral Blend plant food. Perfect for patios, balconies—any relatively sunny place outside. No dirt needed. Includes everything you need to grow lettuce, cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, basil & cucumber in just 4 weeks. An environmentally & economically smart choice. $45 a month (or a one-time payment of $525)

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Sep 17 2015

Gift Guide: Gifts To Encourage a Healthy Lifestyle // Seen on NY1 New York

1. Plated 
Plated — Fresh, pre-portioned ingredients & chef-designed recipes, delivered directly to your door, makes it easy for busy people to eat well. Choose from 7-9 new innovative recipes each week w/meat, seafood & vegetarian options. Sustainably-caught seafood, antibiotic-free meat, seasonal locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. Perfect for a date night-in or really love this for a newlywed gift. Weekly delivery of ingredients & chef-designed recipes, starting at $12 a plate.
4 Free Plates with Purchase of 2 here

2. Objecto Humidifier 
We love when companies turn practical everyday items into something pretty or chic. Which is why we love H3, Objecto’s humidifier uses the hybrid technology heats the water to ensure all bacteria is killed & w/ultrasonic technology a safe mist created.  Key features include aroma therapy function & a timer mode.  The anti-bacterial water tank holds 2 liters & runs for 18 hours humidifying 350 sq. feet.  Automatic shut off & aroma tabs included.Available in 4 colors (pinks our favorite), $149

3. Bytten – Fitness Tracker Jewerly 

It’s not secret that wearables and fitness trackers have been a huge trend lately. Bytten Slides transform fitness trackers into chic accessories by simply sliding onto the existing band making it blend in as jewelry. They’ve launched collections for Fitbit Flex, Jawbone UP & UP24, Fitbit Charge & Charge HR. They use 3D printing to design their pieces. Starts at $60 (plastic $25), Materials include 3D printed antique steel, polished brass, rose gold plated brass & sterling silver.
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4. Beat Water Bottle 
Beat Bottle, Perfect for the gym, beach, or travel, a slot for your iPhone 4 or 5 amplifies songs through the bottom of the bottle as you sip your sports drink or hydrate after a long, musical run. There’s no excuses not to get moving’ or hydrate once you have one of these. $20
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5. Withings Smart Body Scale

Withings Smart Body Analyzer Scale can tell weight, body fat percentage, BMI, heart rate, and even the air quality of your room and whether or not it will rain today. Syncs with Withings Health Mate app to store data for multiple members of the household. Compatible w/Weight Watchers, Lose It, & over 100 other partner apps. Great motivational way to get those healthy living goals with scientific action. 60 second setup $149.95

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Aug 21 2015

Gift Guide: 6 Unique Back to College Gift Picks


It’s time to head back-to-school, back to the dorms or those teeny-tiny apartments.  Stand out and arm yourself or your favorite co-ed w/ some #instaworthy college necessities.

1. Eco-Chic Handcrafted Wood Amplifiers by Woodberry 


Handmade and a perfect dorm room talking piece, these Woodberry Company amplifiers are one-of-a-kind. Sign In For Free Shipping on TGI

2. A Purse That Charges Your Phone Purse That Charges Your Phone

Never be left out of juice while at school w/ a purse that also charges your phone from Chic Buds.
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4. Try the World Monthly Box 



Let your college student experience cultures of the world right from their dorm room or apartment w/ a monthly curated box from Try The World w/ the finest local finds from countries around the world.
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4. The Ultimate Chic Office Set by Rachel George 



A super chic, all-in-one office set for the college lady with style, from Rachel George’s adorable site.
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5. Marble Inspired Tech Cases 

White Marbe UniqFind MacBook Case

We are loving the entire marble inspired tech case line from UniqFind, we are literally obsessed with all of it.

6. Plant-0-Gram 


Warm that dorm room or apartment up with a live, green PlantoGram.  Can be grown in cold climates and small spaces.  Sign In For Free Fruit Tree W/ Order

*All product picks are hand-picked by The Gift Insider, the site and all sponsors are highly curated.  We don’t recommend anything we don’t like think others would love to give or receive as a super unique gift.


Aug 4 2015

Make a DIY Emergency or Survival Kit For Life’s Big Moments

Mini emergencies can totally throw off someone’s day! These kits are a totally fun way to give them an extra boost.

Bridal Emergency Kit

Even the happiest day of your life can be a stressful one! This pre-wedding gift will be perfect for taking care of last minute mishaps.


Via Something Turquoise

New Mommy Hospital Survival Kit

Any new mom would smile ear to ear if they received this totally cute hospital kit. It’s sweet and sentimental.


Via Next On Tiff’s List

Mile-High Care Kit

This is a fun and creative gift for someone studying abroad or anyone who is embarking on their own travel adventure.

mile high care kit

Via The Kitchy Kitchen

Back to School Emergency Kit

What a creative gift idea! Use your imagination and customize it for a teacher or student!

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Via A Pumpkin & A Princess

Job Survival Kit

A new job is exciting but can of course be nerve-racking! Give a friend or family member a boost right before they start this new part of their life.


Via Time 2 Partay

TGI Extra: Toiletry Kits to Donate to Hospitals, Homeless Shelters or Ronald McDonald House

What a great way to give back to your community and those in need! This gift will absolutely make someone’s day!


Via Livin In SD

Happy gifting!



Jul 30 2015

17 Ways We Added Personal Touches to Our Wedding

Our wedding weekend was everything we ever dreamed of. It was an absolute fairy tale, dream come true, still can’t-believe-it-really-all-happened evening and I have felt like I could explode with happiness since the moment I walked down the aisle. I can’t wait to finally share some of the memories with all of you.  We’ll be posting wedding themed posts with advice, things we’ve learned and tons of photos from our special day throughout the next few months, so make sure to keep checking back.


Our first post is full of what many of our guests told us they loved most about our wedding, the personal and personalized details that made our wedding “us”.

1. Hand Written Calligraphy Signs


We found these frames at a local flea market, spray painted them shiny gold and hired a calligraphy artist from RockPaperScissors to design.  Our florist created floral garlands to frame each sign.

2. Indoor Garden Ceremony


This ceremony backdrop was created and dreamt up by my talented father of Great Oaks Landscape Associates.  The entire ceremony felt like all of us were in the middle of a secret garden.  It was magical.

3. “Pick Your Own” Blush Bridesmaid Dresses


I wanted each of my bridesmaids to love their dress and be able to express a little of their own personality, so each girl picked their own long blush dress, all different styles and fabrics.  To tie it all together our florist used matching long blush ribbon in all of the bouquets.

4. Gold Foil Coasters & Cocktail Napkins


We had custom L&J and #ScheyYes gold foil cocktail napkins at the bars and were passed out with our signature drink. The coasters are from Etsy and are meant to be put on top of your drink. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Roberts family event without a top notch selection of single malt scotch.

5. K.S.S. Signature Drink 


Jon and I always both order Ketel & Soda’s – I like lemon, he likes his with lime. Instead of dreaming up some fancy schmancy signature drink, we offered a “K.S.S.” – Ketel + Soda + a Swizzle Stick (the gold pom pom.)  I designed the gold foil sign on photoshop.

6. You Look Gorgeous Ladies Room Mirror 


This was a huge hit and a total last-minute idea by the creative genius and adorable mother of mine, Mindy (seen in the photo.) We used a flea market mirror and wrote in pink lipstick a note to all the ladies to remind them how gorgeous they looked.

7. Gold Foil Menu with a Little Personality


We kept our menu humorous, blush, foil stamped and as unstuffy as possible.  The hit! Our “Midnight Snack – Leo’s Chicken Finger Pitas, with Ranch, of Course.”  If you don’t know Leo’s you must not be from Metro Detroit. We designed the Menus and our programs on Minted. We’ll do a separate post on our paper goods soon!

9. Gold Calligraphy Table Numbers  


We tried to keep the gold calligraphy theme going and keep things simple on the tables.  The numbers were written in script from Etsy company, BetterOffWed.

10. Blush Lighting + Gold Centerpieces


Our florist, Breath of Spring, created these beautiful centerpieces with hydrangeas, roses and hanging greenery to continue with the indoor elegant garden vibe.  We had gold stands and the most romantic shade of blush lighting.

11. White Dance Floor with Gold Decal

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I had my heart set on a huge white dance floor from the moment I started planning.  While one of our splurges, the WOW factor when you walked into the perfectly lit room made the atmosphere unforgettable. The stage was lined with white Hydrangea bushes.

12. Mr and Mrs Chair Signs




These Mr and Mrs Gold Calligraphy Chair signs were from the same Etsy site as our chair signs and cake topper, BetterOffWed.

13. 7 Layer Cake Wedding Cake


This was one of those ideas everyone told us was crazy, but ended up being a huge hit.  Instead of the traditional wedding cake, we did a 3 tiered 7 Layer Cake (a traditional Jewish dessert and my hubby’s favorite!) It was DEVOURED.  Our florist added some blush flowers and we topped it with a Mr and Mrs Schey Calligraphy cake topper from BetterOffWed.

14. LED Light Sticks + Red Heart Sunglasses


When the dance floor was packed we passed out Red Heart Sunglasses and LED I Heart L+J foam sticks. The sticks were inspired from a night out in Miami on my bachelorette.

15. Glamorous + Fun Open Photo Booth 


There is nothing more fun than a photo booth filled with props at any party.  For props, we spray painted this gold frame from Ikea, had tons of glittered lips, mustaches and signs and had huge paper flowers from Michaels.

16. Dani Jar Layered Dessert Favors

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Each Dani Jar has different layers of delicious desserts and we personalized the lid with our gold initials and a “A Sweet Ending to a New Beginning.” I designed the sign and got the frame at the flea market.

17. Happily Ever After Welcome Totes 


We went a little crazy w/ our Welcome Totes, these were designed by Etsy artist ParisChicBoutique.  We’ll save the details for a later post!


We hope this inspires you to find some unique ways to personalize your wedding! Next we’ll be writing how to make an amazing welcome tote, gifts we gave our wedding party, invites/stationery, decor, bridesmaids dresses, etc  – lots of fun wedding ideas ahead!

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Jul 30 2015

Jul 7 2015

Alcohol Gifts! Cheers!

DIY Mason Jar Cocktails


This is a quick, easy, and fun gift that anyone will love! Great way to get creative!

Via Something Turquoise

Liquor Lollipop Bouquet


Put your baking skills to the ultimate test with this awesome gift idea! Great for a hostess!

Via Hostess With The Mostess Blog

Mini Liquor Bottle Jar


Whether it be for the big “twenty fun” or a friend’s 30th, this always makes for a super cute BFF gift!

Via Curious Daisy

Bottles With Notes


Simple and sweet! Perfect gift for the significant other who has been working around the clock!

Via Loving Here

Jolly Rancher Vodka


This yummy gift works for so many occasions! The birthday girl or boy, the hostess, or just the jolly-rancher lover will be so excited!

Via Mix That Drink

Glittered Patron Bottle


This is definitely a TGI favorite! Pretty, creative, and extra cute! Great diva gift!

Via Stress Case

Happy Gifting!




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